Flynn probably won't be disowning The Blackening anytime soon. Somewhere along the past few years, with the rising popularity of prog-level musicianship and songwriting in metal and all that new protest music we were supposed to get but never really did, Flynn got ambitious. The Blackening opens with a 10-minute epic titled "Clenching the Fists of Dissent," and three other tracks crack the nine-minute mark. And he's got no time for "Message in a Bottle" loneliness when classic-thrash subject matter like religion, intolerance and, um, music journalists ("Aesthetics of Hate") are firing him up all over again. Here's hoping Flynn stays pissed, because The Blackening is far from a black mark on a long career in metal.